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Official Review: The Accelerating World: Speed vs. Control

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Official Review: The Accelerating World: Speed vs. Control

Post Number:#1 by kimmyschemy06
» 11 Mar 2017, 11:25

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Accelerating World: Speed vs. Control" by Emmanuel Cassimatis.]

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4 out of 4 stars
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The Accelerating World: Speed vs. Control is an informative and helpful book written by Emmanuel Cassimatis.

The book presents the amazing accelerating trend towards progress which may also mean an accelerating trend of presumably insignificant but actually severe adverse effects.

In addition to the Preface and Conclusion, the book is divided into three major parts. Part 1 features mysterious and seemingly unrelated events like the sudden depletion of sand, mysterious disappearance of some species at a mass extinction rate, surprising boom of diabetes somewhere in the Polynesia and exponential global personal data loss. Part 2 discusses the uncontrolled hyper growth for the past five decades in seven specific areas: population, economy, technology, data, environment, freedom and health. This hyper growth is due to the inverse relationship between speed and control and the combination of compounding, connectedness and cyclicity effects. Part 3 offers suggestions on how to possibly cope with this acceleration.

The book is a treasure trove of information backed up by several graphical analyses on the seven areas of study. Consequently, the valuable information discussed elicits various reactions from me, from interest, to concern, then alarm and ultimately, fear. The book is very organized in that each topic is followed by subtopics and ended with concise summaries. Though the book is teeming with jargons, it is apparent that the author tries to make the book understandable to ordinary readers and even includes a list of definition of terms at the end of the book. Moreover, claims are supported by references and references are neatly listed in a bibliography.

I find all the subject matters very interesting especially about population and environment. However, there are some discussions about specific topics that catch my attention. Among these are: personal online data breach due to cybercrime, cyber espionage, hacking and malware; superfast mass consumption or the people’s sudden need to buy more things than they actually need and at an accelerated pace; robotics and artificial intelligence; and exploitation of the environment. Moreover, I appreciate the inclusion of some very interesting anecdotes like ‘The story of the mighty King and the grain of wheat’ and the ‘Tulip bulbs in 1637 in Holland’ as well as other interesting information like the list of wealthiest men on the planet.

However, though the book is undoubtedly interesting, it is not to be read for amusement or entertainment. It tackles very serious subject matters that concern not only the present but more importantly the future generation. I also believe that it is intended for specific type of readers like political leaders, environmentalists and researchers. While the pieces of information imparted in the book are informative and helpful, the amount of information can be overwhelming to ordinary readers. Furthermore, I noticed typo errors (like Kind instead of King, tony instead of tiny and the instead of they) and missing words which are thankfully very few.

I, therefore, rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. It is interesting, informative and helpful. I recommend it to anybody who is interested in global phenomena and the future of the planet.

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Re: Official Review: The Accelerating World: Speed vs. Contr

Post Number:#2 by kandscreeley
» 15 Mar 2017, 07:42

This is definitely an area of concern for anyone right now, however, it's a little too deep for me at the moment. I might keep it on my radar to read at a later date. Thanks for pointing this one out to us.
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Re: Official Review: The Accelerating World: Speed vs. Contr

Post Number:#3 by kimmyschemy06
» 15 Mar 2017, 09:54

kandscreeley wrote:This is definitely an area of concern for anyone right now, however, it's a little too deep for me at the moment. I might keep it on my radar to read at a later date. Thanks for pointing this one out to us.

Though I strongly believe everyone should read it, the jargon may make it a difficult read and the information, as I said on the review, can be overwhelming.
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Re: Official Review: The Accelerating World: Speed vs. Contr

Post Number:#4 by gali
» 14 May 2017, 06:45

Sounds like an interesting book for those interested in such subjects. It is good that the information is backed up by graphical analyses. Thank you for the review!
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Post Number:#5 by GCamer
» 14 May 2017, 07:22

The book seems to tackle very serious topics. Though you mentioned that not everyone might be interested in it, I still think that everyone should read it. Thanks for the great review.
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Re: Official Review: The Accelerating World: Speed vs. Contr

Post Number:#6 by tarafarah7
» 14 May 2017, 09:36

This was probably not the most exciting book to review, but it does appear rather resourceful and necessary in our ever-changing world. You did a fantasic job reviewing it!! I have added it to my WTR list so that I can recommend it to others and/or refer to it when I am ready to examine the possibilities and future of our planet. Some teachers could have possibly used this in their classes a few weeks ago during Earth Day/Week. And, professors of Social and Political Science classes may find value in using this book to supplement some of their lessons. Although I am not overly excited about reading this on my spare time, I am happy I was introduced to it and I have downloaded my copy. It is the first book in my library of this kind. Never know...I may actually enjoy learning about gloablization and learn what I can do to help the planet and our future here on Earth! :-) Thank you, again!!
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Post Number:#7 by Strangerthanfiction
» 14 May 2017, 10:00

Great review! This sounds like an interesting and informative book. I originally became interested in this topic when I was taking a class in college and learned about the looming concern with the impending extinction of bees. I have to admit that this does elicit many strong feelings in me especially concern, alarm and even fear. Thank you so much for sharing.
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Post Number:#8 by godreaujea
» 14 May 2017, 10:04

This book sounds very interesting, but also frightening. However, this is the truth to what is happening to our world. Great review, and congrats to the author on making BOTD!
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Post Number:#9 by njoro_i
» 14 May 2017, 10:07

with the trend in the rise of everyone trying to out do the other The Accelerating World:Speed vs Control is a manuscript a great masterpiece written to offer us the positive of development in every technological aspect while offering the negative aspect of it.The book offer the guideline to follow to help work with a hyper growing economy and the benefit of maintaining the growth at an equilibrium to avoid disequilibrium in the technological aspects
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Post Number:#10 by csimmons032
» 14 May 2017, 10:25

To be honest, it sounds a little confusing to me. This book might be a little bit more serious than I am looking for at this moment, but you did an excellent job with the review and it was very informative.
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Post Number:#11 by Kareatchison
» 14 May 2017, 11:00

Based on the review, the subject matter is truly the depressing state of the planet. I do a lot of independent research to keep informed. I don't know if I will tackle the book at this point but I will table it.
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Post Number:#12 by ZenaLei7
» 14 May 2017, 11:10

I don't think this is the book for me. Even though it sounds interesting, i don't usually like to read books that are informative. Great job on the review!
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Re: Official Review: The Accelerating World: Speed vs. Contr

Post Number:#13 by Lovely Eimeren
» 14 May 2017, 11:38

This review helps me a lot! I am fascinated to read this book. I thought it's about business because the author is MBA. But as I read your review, I am enlightened. I look forward to reading this book because I want to cope with speed and control. Personally, I am overwhelmed by how things suddenly change! It feels like I'm out. But with this book, I know I will grow again and will be equipped to have more control in this fast phased world.
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Post Number:#14 by CrescentMoon
» 14 May 2017, 11:56

Topics like this have always been really interesting to me. It kind of reminds of the Butterfly Effect where small actions can have huge consequences. Great review!
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Post Number:#15 by James Craft
» 14 May 2017, 11:59

Books about population and future issues facing the human race are interesting to me and this one looks like a good read
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